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THE ANGLO-SAXON WORLDVIEW
I wrote most of the following articles during a few weeks in 2008 and kept them in the drawer as I do with most of my writings. I had thought of combining them into a single coherent one. Yet I came to the conclusion that it is best to leave them separate.
On one hand their themes vary slightly. On the other, by being shorter they are more readable.
When I invented the concept of The Anglo-Saxon Worldview, a subject benignly forgotten by the exiting culture, I did not realize all the far-reaching consequences of this basic issue.
As a concept hunter, a profession I have exercised for a few years, I tried to establish a pyramid of the concepts that rule the human program.
Basically, the idea has been to go down from oneness, unity and one-dimensionality all the way down to such varied concepts as makes of cars, types of food ingredients or types of emotions used by different races or ages.
Obviously the first differentiation was duality. The positive and the negative. The Yin and the Yang. Good and Evil. Inner and outer. Time and space. Separation and conjunction.
After this original sin, came fragmentation or multiplicity, ruled by the pernicious concept of intermediary. This concept is very dangerous because it applies both to time and to space. It justifies the concept of process (the parent of evolution and involution). It justifies the idea of center and periphery. Basically it gives acceptance to the idea of a way of space between two points and to the idea of time as a flow between past and present.
As this is an introduction to Anglo-Saxon worldview I will refrain from explaining further how we come down from concepts such as skin-continent-race to their language programs and to the way their respective individual members perceive their relation to the whole.
As Alice Bailey very well explained in her book “The destiny of nations” (I gave a lecture on that subject in 1980), every country and every race have a specific personality and a specific soul. As they all have a specific mission, the ability to fulfill their mission comes form their ability to put their personality at the service of their soul.
As it came to the Anglo-Saxon civilization to play the role of the final cycle-program of History, the English speaking commonwealth of nations, including the U.S. have an extremely important role to play: either they usher in a new era of abundance and creativity for mankind or they become the last bastion of separatism.
Hence these ideas which I express in the following articles are early contributions for the creation of a possibly new and very necessary discipline: The Anglo-Saxon Studies Science. This discipline has little to do with the historic Anglo-Saxons( although it should obviously include them) and everything to do with how the English people and their heirs, the Americans, see the world.
The very nature of these texts is controversial. I do not mean to attack Anglo-Saxons as people, something which would be ridiculous, yet I would like to make them aware that they are unconsciously being subject to a vast program and way of seeing reality which runs counter to their own aspirations. By writing this series, even though in a controversial and not very detached or neutral way, I mean to progressively expose a view of the world – others would even call it a conspiracy- which has impoverished the Western soul and is threatening to destroy the other remaining cultures.
Because of their controversial nature I kept these texts hidden from 2008 till 2010. Even though I aspire to be a cultural synthesizer and an ambassador for a new culture of peace, respect and conciliation, I now feel they can play a certain role in being released to the public, one of them the reclaiming the Anglo-Saxon worldview as a subject and discipline for studies and work. It was not in vain that a century ago,Max Weber,a precursor of cultural synthesis, wrote his The Protestant Ethic and the Rise of Capitalism, a book to which I would indeed like to make an actualization.
1. ONE WORLD
The one world which is arising like a phoenix out of the ashes–more than multipolar or multicultural– is a synthesis of the best which human experience has produced and is being now being informed or wrapped up by divine wisdom.
In a sense it is not new but it has nevertheless little to do with the presently existing human culture, which henceforth we will call the pre-existing culture.
The pre-existing culture is represented by the Anglo-Saxon worldview based on Economism and Scientism. It has patently failed and impoverished the human soul. A way out is at hand for those who are tired of it, those who came to the planet at this juncture to steward its evolution to a higher stage of consciousness.
We do not have to believe in conspiracies to realize that this world does not deliver.
We do not even have to believe in God to ascertain that human generated and driven ideologies and philosophies were not able to deliver a sense of identity, meaning, satisfaction and fulfillment to the human race.
We do not have to be socialists to admit that this world is highly unequal and that the very few worldwide have enormous powers while the vast majority in every country suffers deprivations or at least a lack of quality of living.
We do not have to believe that this world is a prison or a malevolent matrix to realize that there is an admirable coherence, cohesiveness and inter-relatedness in the socio-political-economical scenario which this planet presents to the universe.
It is now too late for debates or new ideologies. It is even too late for a new world-religion.
The unification of the human race out of the best that nationalities and religions have offered will not be a synthesis of the past. It will not be a materialist reality where people have to prostitute themselves to have an illusion of satisfaction.
Irrespective of whether you believe that we are all sons and daughters of God or that we are fallen and forgotten gods, the divine is again treading this planet. Each one of us is a divine cell.
In this transitional period in which the political leaders of the world will prepare mankind for its next step, transparency will be inevitable. What we have done in the past is irrelevant. We were asleep.
Now that we are waking up to cosmic citizenship and claiming our divine inheritance we do not have to believe in those terms. And indeed all beliefs, religions and cultures are to be respected and do not have to be abandoned.
The new situation on the planet respects human freedom. Nobody will have to do anything. Only those who are willing to choose a new planet will be invited and empowered to do so.
The important thing is that humanity will finally be free to choose on its destiny, on what type of life people will want to live.
Those who want to stay in a 3D planet of war, hunger and control they will be able to inherit that planet. They will evolve at their own speed.
Those who want to live in joy, creativity and love, as is our birth-right, will receive the bounty of all these experiences on this plane.
The hour is near. Preparation is essential. Fear is out of the question.
2. REFINED PIGS AND BARBARIAN SLAVES
This essay is a strongly emotional and vindictive reaction to Ms von Bismarck’s 2008 article calling PIGS to Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain. I wonder who invented this name in that year, certainly with the intention of offending the natives of those still natural countries:
SLAVES is an acronym coined in 2010 to describe the Saxon—London controlled—Anglo—Victors of Second World War—Empire—Serfs.
As Hitler soberingly commented (Saba Salin would probably make a similar comment if she ventured beyond her familiar confines) after returning from a visit to Rome: “and to say that we were still barbarian tribes, roaming the forests naked when the Romans had already all that splendid civilization…”
The SLAVES are getting formatted to be injected into the virtual world through the hive mentality fostered by the internet and the mass hypnotizing of TV.
Not being refined and old, abhorring culture, wide thinking and deep feelings, not having memory, not making connections, worshipping sports, time and money, closer to the machines and the mechanical world they are becoming easy prey for the coming black hole which will engulf those who refuse to awaken to consciousness and turn to God.
The PIGS are refusing to pay the price which progress demands, the bonuses that CEOs exact from the masses, the dividends which banks raise from consumers to continue playing against their own countries in the casinos of destiny.
The PIGS are saying in the streets of Athens, in the irresponsibility of the Portuguese parliament and in the admirable atavism of the 16 year-olds Spanish matadors, that they have had enough of the collective madness which the Anglo-Saxons have spread through the world in the last three centuries.
I can imagine Russia, China, Latin America, Africa, the Arabs, the East, continental Europe and its Nordics saying:
“Enough is enough! The world is on the brink of disaster because of your folly and of your greed; because of your lack of comprehensive intelligence, historical memory and foresight!”
“We want a world not ruled by Economism and Scientism. We want a world of abundance for all and not for an extremely small minority. We were not made to produce and consume but to enjoy life and evolve further as spiritual beings incarnated.”
“You have failed because you have destroyed the standing of your own West in these two silly unwinnable wars. You have failed because you have allowed your banks to print and create money, a prerogative of the State. And worse, you have failed in playing the world unifying role for which you in a way had been called.”
“Also, you cannot deny what your own statistics have revealed: in your two countries -supposedly ruled by freedom, justice, fairness for all and democracy- inequalities and distance between the small master race and the modern day slaves of the market are getting the same as backwards, medieval countries like Portugal and North Korea.”
“Irrespective of the findings of the Dutch and the English Enquiry Commissions on the legitimacy of attacking Iraq, the verdict of History has been passed. You have lost the mandate of Heaven.”
“Your hope is to join the rest of the world in welcoming a new reality of abundance and joy for all. A reality where the human delusions of total free will and license will be of the past and where scientific hubris will be tamed. A reality where humanity accepts God’s loving guidance and takes its next step in the cosmic evolution.
Because we are gods and we can now claim our divine rights and inheritance.
3. A PERSONAL NOTE ON ANGLO-SAXONS
When I talk about the Anglo-Saxon worldview, in no way do I mean to give offense to the English and American peoples whom I sincerely like, love and admire.
As I consider my human side a program, I also consider languages, nationalities and races as programs to learn certain lessons.
I lived and studied in London, I have lived intermittently in the U.S. during twelve years. In fact I could consider myself an honorary American citizen as I consider myself a senior honorary diplomat.
Having lived so many years in the Anglo-Saxon world, it gave me a deep perspective about this beautiful race. Having lived as a nomad in many countries in the four continents I came to appreciate the differences and qualities of many civilizations: I ate their foods and practiced their religions and even the way I dress is a mixture of them all.
But at this stage of the story I have to repeat to the Anglo-Saxons what the victorious Saladin told the defeated but heroic crusaders who were leaving Jerusalem:” if God had not loved you too you would not have been able to do all that you did”.
The admirable progress which we have witnessed thanks to the Anglo-Saxons was a beautiful and necessary development which brought us to this amazing point in human evolution where we can claim to be co-creators of our reality.
I myself am immensely grateful both to England (from whom my royal ancestors came, and whose name of Lancaster I still bear) and to the United States for all the freedom I have been breathing since I went to London in the sixties and first came to New York in 1972.
What I do not agree is with the pervasive reductionist leveling of world cultures, which were a valid worldview, by a materialist bulldozer based on Scientism and Economism. What I fight is against a world where the spirit will disappear to be replaced by a virtual reality controlled by machines. A world that would forever forsake God.
It has been for a long time my earnest desire to contribute to the evolution of the world so that religions do not divide but unite, for there is but one God. The God who is in me as is in everybody, is the same in all religions. There cannot be a private God for the Jews or the Moslems and smaller minor gods for the rest of mankind.
Recognizing God in Nature is not paganism. It is recognizing that God is everything not just altars, tablets or stones. It is bearing faith and witness that the universe is an open temple; a temple indeed within.
4. SCIENCE AND ITS ANGLO-SAXON BEND
The more I read about the latest discoveries of science the more I pity the blessed scientists… they really are in the dark… And both their childhood and student indoctrinations make it impossible for them to accept the truth, that is, the holistic nature of EVERYTHING.
Why do scientists lack courage so much? Because they still want to buy that new car or house, feed and school their families, be accepted by their peers, continue to receive that grant for their research. But worst of all is their lack of imagination, coupled with their self-imposed bias towards exclusive segmentation, compartmentalization and specialization.
There is also something which scientists and the general public alike tend to ignore: in their private and religious or spiritual lives, scientists are exactly like the rest of us, no better no worse. Like the priests before them…
Dogma, be it religious or scientific is the same: the avoidance of accepting inconvenient facts for the preservation of the status quo.
Those who interpret dogma, be they pastors, scientists or politicians, lead lives that are as banal as those of all of us.
They still have sexual desires and infidelities, they still believe in the material and the visible, they live in their emotions and their thoughts, they are still governed and ruled by time and by money.
In spite of these facts, humans having seen through religion and not having much choice in politics, now give science the exclusive of telling us how to see the world.
This happens mainly in the Anglo-Saxon world. Indeed here we have a social pyramid very different from the rest of the world, namely from Europe. On top we have the scientists and the doctors. Then the sportsmen, the Hollywood people and the performers like singers. The third echelon is the businessmen, the bankers and the CEOs.
When this type of pyramid rules a society neither the blood nor the spirit have any say on the direction it is taking. Such a society is easy prey to Economism and Scientism.
Scientism is a program which humans have indeed swallowed together with Economism.
These two lethal materialistic programs are as viruses destroying the face of the earth.
Modern science was created in the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries in Great Britain and continental Europe. From Newton’s beginnings the view was reductionist and mechanicist. Economic Science was also created in Britain with Adam Smith who invented a god-like invisible hand of the market that would lead people to happiness.
Both science and economy are ruled by quantity crude numbers and density which are a sign of materialism. Both sciences were developed in the last century mainly by Anglo-Saxons. In Psychology they created the Behaviorist School, another materialist approach.
It is recognized that scientists operate under the sway of a natural optimism. In that, they are like children, convinced that only good can come of their play, exuberant with their toys, amazed by their discoveries, oblivious to the possible consequences of their research. Like children, scientists live in their own world where nothing else counts. They are contented in their little segment of reality. Seldom do they enter into multi disciplinary avenues and almost never do they question the basic tenets of their disciplines whose philosophy they probably never studied.
I am not a Luddite fighting against the advances of science and the benefits it brought to mankind. What many of us are increasingly repeating is that science without consciousness, science separated from the rest and from the whole, is just an ancillary tool. Not the panacea for all our questions, not the final oracle on mankind’s nature, origin, evolution and destiny.
The economic imperialism of a single tiny island kingdom (England) is to day keeping the world in chains.
This article was prompted by Mr. Blair’s attitude before the Enquiry Commission on Iraq, in January 2010:
Of course the world is better without Saddam, but that is not at all the issue.
These are some of the issues which were then obfuscated by the barrage of lies and which will be one day for the international court to consider:
- Do countries in the XXIth century still have the right to strike pre-emptive wars against others?
- Were the hundreds of thousands of human beings who were killed and severely maimed during or after the war worthwhile the toppling of Saddam? This not the mention the two or three million people that became refugees in the neighboring countries?
- It has been repeatedly proven that Saddam had no ties but rather aversion to Al Qaeda. Why try to connect him again with 9-11 if he had absolutely no ties to those attacks? Besides, several people consider them an inside job, mainly after the aging Rumsfeld on a recent off guard video interview mentioned “those who shot the Pennsylvania airplane.”
- There were absolutely no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The former U.N. inspector Scott Rider very convincingly made the case, before hostilities begun, that Iraq had been militarily devastated by the Gulf War and crippled by the sanctions so that it was in no way capable of any threats. Thus, when the B-B axis decided to press the case against all evidence they knew they were against truth.
I have been insisting that the main culprit of the present situation in the world, be it financial, economical, social, political or spiritual is the Anglo-Saxon Worldview. Until its rule is not superseded by a more holistic view most of the world cannot escape a negative or destructive scenario.
You can then ask what that worldview has to do with Iraq and with the world.
Blair when asked about what he wanted to be as a youth said: “a football player or a rock star. Since I knew I could not be either of these I chose to be a politician”. Indeed he became a star player on the world stage.
The so called democratic system which allows these superficial, clever, manipulative, dynamic and image-oriented youths to become politicians does not prepare them from childhood to be statesmen, like Kennedy, Churchill or De Gaulle. The system that allows a Sarah Plain, who had had never left her small little town and had never thought of getting a passport before she became a candidate to be vice president of the world is a system or worldview which as a whole cannot be good for the rest of the world.
There would be more to say about this worldview, its pious mantel of democracy and the way that the two-party system works, but the essential has been shown in this type of episodes.
Sooner or later Obama will have to choose which worldview to support: the world’s traditional view of the interrelatedness of everything or the Anglo-Saxon mechanicist view of separation and materialism.
America has a great role to play if it follows its Founding Fathers, who were both Christians and Masons. It can become a beacon to the world and the cradle of the Aquarian Age. Because its compassion, generosity, friendliness, egalitarianism and dynamic inventiveness are a great and necessary component of such a new golden Age.
Nobody doubts that it was the Anglo-Saxon side that plunged the world in the present financial, economic and military debacle.
As the Chinese know all things under heaven obey to certain laws. One of them is that when a ruler has caused upheaval in the system it loses the mandate of heaven.
All people who follow political and economical world issues know that the Anglo-Saxon prevalence over the rest of the world is coming to an end. Only the admission of that evidence can be somewhat delayed. That procrastination is what is also happening with the issue of the existence of the extraterrestrials which the Vatican has wisely and discreetly already acknowledged.
All my life I have studied religions and empires. I have observed how they evolve and adapt. I particularly studied how they collapse when they do not possess the wisdom to steer things in a direction which is inevitable. As the Romans used to say:
Fata volentes ducunt, fata nolentes trahunt. “Those who heed to destiny they are lead by it, those who resist it are dragged by it”.
Everybody who knows, knows that there is no rational solution to the economic depression which has been starting all over the world. The system simply run amok and cannot be fixed in spite of the pious utterances about recovery by world leaders.
I never paid much attention to Nostradamus prophecies. I knew how garbled, hermetic and easily manipulated they are. Nevertheless, yesterday, reading a simple small book by Andrew Tomas (Beyond the time barrier) I came across the following quatrains written by Nostradamus in 1555:
Le grand empire sera par Angleterre
Le Pempotam des ans plus de trois cens.
(The great empire of England will be all powerful for more than three centuries).
As the author notes: at that time England was one of the less important countries in Europe. Later it defeated the Spanish Armada and its power lasted till the end of World War I, when America rose as the dominant power. This take-over was foretold by Nostradamus in another line where he refers to Le chef de Londres, par regne de Americh, (which means: The chief of London ruled by America).
Beside the surprising facts that a European in 1555 would talk at all about just discovered America and his accuracy about the three centuries, what I want to underline is the fact that this prophecy by someone I never paid attention to comes to my knowledge at the exact moment I am writing about the implosion of the Anglo-Saxon worldview.
Indeed even though I personally admire the Anglo-Saxons and their impressive achievements I feel that the stage is now ready for the replacement of their materialistic worldview by a divinely inspired novel way of being human.
A world society where everybody can lead a life, which although simple will be blessed with creativity and contentment.
7. BRITISH DECOLONIZATION and a new synthesis
Everybody knows… that divide and rule was the motto of the British Empire.
The naïve Portuguese who ruled the world for one century still feel somewhat guilty about their colonial wars and about their hasty decolonization of the first and last truly multicontinental empire.
Yet what neither the Portuguese nor other people know is that the British colonization and decolonization (which was also forced on them but with much more time to apply it) had terrible episodes and present day dire consequences.
I give a few examples, besides those of Aden and Sri Lanka:
1. Africa: the Mau-Mau concentration camps in Kenya and the atrocities there perpetrated in the 1950’s.
2. Middle East:
The creation of an artificial map in 1919 which was a dagger in the back of the British hero Lawrence of Arabia, namely by not creating Kurdistan as he had proposed. This, at a time in which it was easy to do it.
Some of the results:
The mess in Palestine and Israel.
The invention of Kuwait and its consequent war.
3. Asia: the partition of India, its ensuing wars and the present tensions and hostilities.
Decolonization only worked in White inhabited and ruled cooler temperature colonies: Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
All over the world anachronisms exist as a remnant of British colonialism:
They, like the Elgin marbles, were carved out of poor impotent countries throughout the centuries and imposed on them and the rest of the world.
The Falklands, Gibraltar and Belize are just a few of many examples of unresolved situations which go against the grain of the region.
They are the fruit of a Machiavellian combination of lip service respect to the human rights of a tiny minority with the real politik of a world-power.
What do these specific issues have to do with a worldview?
If a race, namely the pink one considers itself superior to all others. If its citizens cannot speak other languages, if it considers its Protestant religion the only approach to God, if it considers other cultures as exotic and not scientific or hardworking enough to deserve to be studied, engaged and fused with, then that race naturally feels that it can destroy those other cultures.
This is a pity. Because those who could mostly help this new synthesis for which the world stage is ready, seem to be possessed by some fear which does not allow them to take the first step.
Yet the dice have already been thrown.
Those incapable of reading them will be like Emperor Belshazzar when he looked at Mene Mene Tekel U-Pharsin written with letters of light on the walls of his palace’s banquet hall.
For those who do not know this Biblical episode the translation or interpretation by Daniel is the following:
Your days have been counted
Your actions have been found wanting
Your Empire will be divided.
8. REGULATION AND THE W.A.S.P. WORLDVIEW
”Ultimately the goal is for the industry to police itself “
As I see it, America cannot play its prominent role in the emerging world reality unless we make inner changes that lead to a new collective paradigm……
Today those jewels of the pharmaceutical industry, Tylenol and other medicines like Rolaids and Saint Joseph’s aspirin have been recalled, after a few years of complaints by consumers, apparently for bad smell.
It would thus appear that the laxity of the FDA is changing at least in one glaring case, towards responsibility and making Pharma industry accountable. This comes one day after the British Government apologized and decided to give compensation to the birth defect victims of Thalidomide. This after almost 50 years of political denial.
These two are just some of the effects that I attribute to the widespread Anglo Saxon worldview.
You can then say: does this not happen in other countries?
Yes, it does, only that it is the result of an evolution of a process that started in England in the mid XIXth century: the alliance and interlocking of science with the economy.
What the Latins, the Slavs, the Blacks, the Arabs and the Orientals, not to mention the American Indians intuitively perceive as wrong is the worldwide spreading of a system which runs contrary to human nature and fulfillment.
What is the link between the pharmaceutical and the financial debacles?
To say that it is lack of regulation is just the beginning. Because laws and their effective application are only an intermediary or regulatory factor between ideas, beliefs and paradigms and the people, products and organizations which are on the other side of the scale.
The reasons why a great part of the world is not happy with the Anglo-Saxon paradigm are several and I believe that Mr. Obama might have one day to decide whether he wants to continue condoning the traditional WASP (white-Anglo-Saxon -protestant) perspective or to follow his gut feelings and embrace the holistic worldwide perspective while it still exists. Because time might be running out for the present human experience on this planet and 2012 might be a moment of reckoning.
When Wyndham Lewis wrote his book, The art of being ruled, in 1926, even though he was an Englishman, he quoted Matthew Arnold who referred to those “barbarian oligarchs, the English aristocracy, with their fine fresh appearance and fondness for outdoor sports but who for thinking and reading have no great turn”.
Like in Mexico and Brazil, countries which are basically still controlled by the descendants of the original Spanish and Portuguese colonialists, the U.S. is not controlled by Latins, Blacks, Orientals, Poles or Italians. Those who rule are basically the collective descendants from the English immigrants. And what rules them is the Anglo Saxon worldview.
What are the main constituents of this worldview?
- Spirit is separate from matter.
- The material is more important than the invisible.
- Scientism and Economism should rule society.
- What you have (mainly your bank account, your house and your car) determine who you are.
- The other races are basically inferior to the pink one. They should therefore oblige to the WASPs.
- Free will, democracy and human rights, as conceived by the WASPs, are the cornerstones of civilized society.
If we further clarify these issues we will see many other aspects which are a consequence of those dogmas.
You can rightly ask again what Thalidomide has to do with democracy. I will then ask you what the world financial crisis has to do with deregulation, and say that deregulation is a consequence of oligarchy, the government by the rich.
The naïve and puritan idea that the invisible hand of God would always insure that the market was free and self correcting has now clearly had its day. But its consequences are still with us.
One consequence is the FDA’s idea that the pharmaceutical industry should police itself. Yet everybody knows, like the tobacco, the oil and cell phone industrialists very well do, that in the long run we are all dead. And that therefore, we can continue to pollute and destroy the environment and play with the masses’ health.
Americans are rightly suspicious of what was called Socialism and its excessive governmental interference in the economy.
Yet Socialism and Communism are two very different things. Also, with the end of ideologies, what is now called socialism in Europe has mainly become an empty word used by centrist political parties. This does not detract from the fact that the most advanced egalitarian societies in the world are the European Nordic countries which have pursued socialist related views for several decades.
We then come to a most vexed issue: what is free will, freedom, liberty?
To save us time it could be said that:
The free will which is used to create something that benefits the whole which we are, which does not go against or in separation of oneness is divine and evolutionary. The license to do whatever anybody wants to do is not synergistic. Ultimately it leads to chaos as we are witnessing.
It is interesting to quote W. Lewis again. Talking about every northern or white community, he says that by their superficial idea of freedom and by their insistence on the individual they have made it impossible for the white race to combine and consolidate itself, because each individual, when he got the chance, became a little universe to himself of exclusive personal life.
At this stage I am not interested in pursuing his views that the West could have unified the world if it had been an organizer and civilizer rather than a globetrotter and a buccaneer. Neither will I insist on his view, which he related to the Anglo Saxon elite, that good brains have been born in the West as in the East, but less used and exploited by the over-materialized western rulers.
What seems interesting to me is his view that the western democratic principle has always been too anarchic to be sensible. It sees things in pieces. It even sees life in pieces: its personality is unstable and easy to isolate.
The ideas of the French Illuminists of the early and mid XVIIIth century which influenced the American and French Revolutions posited the individual as the center of everything. This was understandable after millennia in which the individual had just been seen as an irrelevant part of his tribal, feudal or national group. It was then necessary to extricate the individual from religious dogma and royal tyranny. The problem was that all rights were recognized but no time was devoted to study the concomitant duties. That void was filled by nationalism, that emotional chimera which ruled for a century and a half and lost much sway in Western Europe after 1945.
As a conclusion I would say that the piecemeal approach which Lewis mentions applies to all fields, from democracy to science above all. Sometimes I feel that the blessed scientists are like a mechanic that forgot that the final purpose of disassembling the car was to put it together again. People will perhaps never understand that the more you investigate and find the more you realize that we do not really know very much and there will always be more to ask, to investigate and to find.
This is not to say there should be no science but to remind us that until a holistic approach is embodied by us we will remain at a loss.
As I feel it the energies now flowing through this planet are leading us to oneness. Let us foster and embrace them. Let us see the outer division and discord as our own, let us feel them as the projection of our inner cleavages. Let us finally see the spiritual work which we daily do on ourselves as the evident progress of the world.
June – August 2009
Obama is disappointing himself. It is not a question of him having substance or not. He does have the most important substance which is that of the heart. The problem is not even vision. It is that he seems to be helpless to get the right help and direction. Without that he cannot muster the courage to take the very bold measures required to start taking the world out of the present quagmire.
It is true that he inherited an impossible situation and that both wars and the economy are of the entire responsibility of his predecessor and will remain so. What he seems not to be aware of is:
1. He is the president of the world. He can act as such. None of the other world actors can compete with him. All are still waiting for an act of leadership. That act, contrary to what he believes, cannot come from a consensus of world leaders. Interests are too divergent; those leaders are completely soaked in the past. And could we, for instance redefine lack of leadership as the Western democratic counterpart of corruption in the Third World?
2. But any leader needs a base of support to launch new policies. Where would he go and get it? Once again, in the world, before it erodes like the domestic one. And domestically too he has to forge a new alliance. Of people really committed to change, which are willing to listen if things are presented to them in simple, clear terms.
3. “It’s the paradigm; stupid…it’s about culture…” It is very difficult for a human being to accept that his whole model of society, so patiently and with so few changes evolved since the cave man does not work. At least does not work anymore in a society that became global. Yet that recognition is unavoidable, for problems are not only global but transdisciplinary.
It is the same problem with the economy, politics, health, religion, science, nature, race, education and even with art. A wrong point of perspective leads us to wrong priorities in all areas.
4. It is not easy to explain to any audience what the problem is. Audiences have been told half lies for centuries, have been given placebos for ages. The problem is that throughout the centuries we have made what now can be perceived as the wrong choices. We chose a materialistic paradigm over a spiritual one. The Christs and the Buddhas came and went and we remained impervious to their message. Now Quantum Physics has come and governments don’t translate it to their people, while religious leaders continue to miss the point. Yet the message is basically the same: everything is one, everything is connected and everything is interdependent.
5. There are many other things that both spirituality and science have found that would take a book to expound. Besides, several books already exist on the subject. Only that scientists, religious leaders and governments are united in not wanting to read them. They are all too comfortable with the status quo, the division of spheres of influence and revenue. They really are united by their fear of the unknown. A very human and unacknowledged feeling that permeates both individuals and societies and prevents true innovation in all walks of life.
6. But…you can say…in a democratic society people have the rights to choose their beliefs freely and nothing can be imposed by the governments; in a democracy people have equal access to education; we can all illustrate ourselves with the latest theories and we all have access to the internet and to the Wikipedia; we can form or vote for any political parties and leaders we prefer.
7. To that it can be said that a democracy that is not also an economic democracy is not truly democratic. For we continue to have the haves and the haves not. Also, so called democracies have many acknowledged defects and weaknesses besides the persistence and the surprising widening of inequalities. That would also take another essay to make clear to all. But it can be said that the real political choices of the ordinary citizen are very limited; that the political and civic education is almost nonexistent; that political leaders are so pressed by the time of their mandates that they are incapable of taking long term decisions and hence have become pure managers of the status quo; that vested and not so vested interests and lobbies are so pervasive that leaders, consciously or unconsciously, have to bow to them. All this happens in a country which has become divided, simplified and polarized between two new and caricature classes: the investors and the consumers, the modern version of the rich and the poor.
8. A note of unexpected humor: investors and consumers are a dancing pair, in and out of synch at a time, but in the end complementary: investors have more money than things they can buy; consumers always want more things than their money can buy. The perfect financial vehicle which the wizards of the Street did not yet invent would be a hybrid: it would give serenity and peace of mind in an iron-clad Madoff scheme to the investors; while creating a perpetual and self sustaining system of return, exchange and refund to be given to the consumer’s appetite…
9. But, seriously speaking, what could be the choices, the choices from that unknown? They require real courage as well as charisma, both qualities with which Obama is abundant. And, for instance, what is really charisma? The capacity to keep others in the present. That is, to drag them out of their past, and not let them meander in future alternatives that will be a linear continuation of that past. Charisma is the future made now. Charisma is the embodiment in one person of the latent yearnings and unexpressed needs of a people. That is something that both Mussolini and Hitler knew, but that democratic politicians have been incapable of personifying without falling into populism.
10. The choices would be to tell the truth to the world population. To really use the enormous power of some sort of fireside chats through television to explain very clearly what are the issues and challenges facing humankind. To clearly and pragmatically assume that this is a crisis of civilization and that as such it should be welcomed. In order to take a clear departure from the past. A past that can only lead civilization to its doom. But can Obama muster the courage to address the world? Does his own past, his national, racial and religious prejudices impede him to take such a bold step? Can he overcome his deep-seated need to please everybody? To cater to all constituencies? Can he forget about reelection and do what needs to be done? Can he understand that those who don’t want to think or to open their hearts or to make choices will have to pay for the consequences?
11. Nobody manifests on the streets for the rights of the Spirit, nobody protests against the apparent theft of Time, which in reality hides its almost total control over our lives. That is because democracy is a passive system; it restrains certain abuses but it does not foster true search for societal innovation, it does not like to be questioned, nor does it look for an integral approach to life. Yet it is the spirit that is knocking at our door. Yet it is God who wants to return to human society. A God who is not owned by any religion or race. A God that deserves a last chance. A final chance to help redirect Humankind’s course.
12. Yes… but along which lines? … Nobody in the West wants a theocracy anymore, nobody wants communism…Yet, do people really know what theocracy means? Do people really know what communism means? Are the examples of today’s Iran and of the former Soviet Union a remote example of such systems? Or are they mankind’s deviations and distortions of a dimly perceived ideal? Could it be that the best system would be a amalgamation of those three ideals?
13. The economical, the social, the political and the religious are not really separate. They have common roots and share many components. What is missing is a novel approach which aligns them. A magnet that aligns them toward the same goal that motivates those areas of human pursuit: the attainment of happiness, as the philosophers would say. The attainment of a simple and agreeable life for all; where the excitement, the discovery and the fulfillment are pursued inside. This would be very far away from the present consumeristic and debt ridden society model that the rule of Economism has imposed on us.
14. Much more could be said about a new model of economy that would be fair to all, yet not utopical. We intend to dedicate to that subject another separate text. The practice of barter has existed since time immemorial. The idea that people should do what they like and know how to do best is not new. But that requires that the economy shifts from production and consumption to satisfaction and fulfillment. That the economy and the society become geared towards the individual and the family instead of the State and the corporations. It will require that money will be used just as a means of exchange for a real good or service, and even as a pure means of reference and not as an instrument of control or status. For we are just stewards of this Earth.
15. After writing the above a few days ago, I just finished reading an article in Rolling Stone magazine (20th August 2009), entitled “Obama so far”. It says something very similar: “Will he take bold action or compromise too easily?” In it, the three political observers insist that his approach to get some Republican votes has only weakened the final bills approved while the number of Republicans voting for them was extremely small. Everywhere in the article and the magazine there is a call for those who elected him on the premise of change to get activated again and press him vocally for real reform and for him to take the system to its edge. Yes, certainly…but that goes against the very veins along which democracy has evolved in America, in which people’s participation in the political process is only encouraged and allowed during the electoral period. Furthermore if he were to call on his support bases that could risk polarization (even while his opponents openly mobilize against his policies…). It could even put him at risk. And we do not have to be very imaginative or knowledgeable to guess the many, many vested and not so vested interests that are only waiting for him to make a big mistake to try and make the situation revert to something akin to the previous regime.
16. To finalize I would dare say that everything in the life of a man, irrespective of his station, lies in his moral consciousness, in his trust in himself and in God. To be a community organizer is a great achievement and indicator, but there comes a moment, in which you realize that if what you get is not enough, then it is the same as getting nothing; it will not take you anywhere. Also, if the money is to be used to bailout the banks which created the present mess, and who show no clear signs of wanting to mend their ways, then there is a moral hazard in protecting recklessness and greed. Above all, mainly if you are a gambler by nature , someone who is not averse to taking risks, there eventually comes a pressing moment in which you have to chose between compromise and compassion, between the preservation of a status quo that favors a small elite and the creation of a more just and more spirit imbued society. That Great Society can then become the world.
17. Ironically, it could be that the most drastic initial step which could be taken, the freezing of the banking system, indeed of the whole international monetary system, is perhaps what some governments and institutions secretly desire. It could be a good beginning at restoring some sanity, honesty and fairness. A new starting from point zero. But it should clearly be part of a life oriented program and not a first step towards an artificially created and imposed virtual society, ruled through biologically embedded microchips. Time is running out and the world economy is definitively out of control. Though the economy is resilient and is resisting the plunge, unemployment will be getting unacceptable soon, while derivatives remain explosive and anything can trigger a debacle. We know how great wars start with small and unexpected detonator pretexts. Let us hope that this time the pretext to save the economy is not a war in the Middle East.
Nov 2008 – Feb 2009
In the Chinese language the word “crisis” translates both as danger and as opportunity. This is clearly the situation the world is facing today.
Americans have the feeling that America is the world and never has that been closer to becoming true.
After eight years of political tension, the world is now focused on a different crisis. After tension there is now a very high worldwide expectation for Obama’s presidency. For the first time in several countries the election campaign was followed daily by national televisions. People understood what was at stake. On one side more of the same, delivered by an old man, who confessed knowing nothing about economics, and on the other side, change and a hope of fairness for all.
Appropriately, the President of Brazil said this in early in February :“The world cannot elect anymore presidents that do not listen to social movements, that do not listen to the people”. And the reach of Obama’s star could also be felt in January in France when the workers striking chanted “Yes we can” down the streets of Paris. Another puzzling effect is that the word O-ba-ma in the Persian language of Iran means “he is with us.”
The challenge that is facing Obama seems to be an economical one, hence his actions to remedy the situation. However with time it is probably going to become a social crisis, which will become a political crisis worldwide and, in the end will reveal itself as a crisis of the model of society we created for this planet, that is, a change of paradigm in civilization. It is obviously too early to address that core point. Policies will have to fail and frustration increase.
The huge cloud of “derivatives,” some $500 trillion, moving in the ethers between Dubai and Tokyo and having very little relation to real assets, cannot be assuaged by a few billion dollars handouts to banks. There was too much greed and lack of competence and foresight to be erased with such short term goodwill.
The crisis is systemic and the solution cannot be found within the system. Part of the crisis of the system is the increasing worldwide disillusion with politicians, economists, managers, and bankers.
Americans have had the tendency to see their leaders in messianic terms. Even though it is premature to say that with certainty, Obama seems to be destined to be the messianic figure by excellence. He is now the rallying point for the aspirations of people of all classes in all continents. He could become “the imam,” the spiritual and political leader.
Even though his arrival to the White House could almost be seen as the opposite. For we finally have a human in that position, a person like us. A being who is compassionate, loving and yet efficient, dedicated to take action to solve problems. A non ideological man who is not just a technocrat, a pragmatic manager. For he is imbued with a vision. He has a dream.
Speaking with a spiritual European astrologer recently about Obama she told me the following:
1. He does not have personal planets in the chart, meaning that he does not come to project his ego but comes in service, guided by a mission. He projects himself in the group, the government, the people, and the nation. He comes for group action.
2. The present polarity with the past is so strong that the situation is irreversible. Americans, which are not used to having to think, are going to have the alternative to think and decide consciously.
3. His project is very luminous; he is a light in the world, a man of good will, transparent.
4. But it is going to be very difficult; he may be a transitional government. Why?
5. Because he has Pluto in Capricorn in the Eight house, of karma and memory. Could it be the weight and memory of the previous regime? He seems to be tied by that. A counterweight. But, fortunately, that Pluto does not have bad aspects. It is rather a stuck energy, dark, heavy, difficult to move.
With time and the worsening of the situation, Obama will start realizing that material solutions cannot solve a crisis that is fundamentally spiritual, that there are too many causes, actors, factors, and vectors involved to be addressed by one-dimensional policies. To be able to comprehend both the multifarious nature of the crisis and the simplicity of its solution, he will have to open himself to guidance. He will have to realize that his intelligence, dedication, honesty and hard work, will not suffice. He will have to find a higher form of inner surrender. He will have to refine his relation with God.
Even though he likes action and problem solving and he is naturally at ease in teamwork, he needs a higher container, to know that he is not alone. He is clearly a person who listens. But more than listening to the people and to his advisers, he needs to open to new revelations. In this time of crisis, they will probably come from uncommon and unexpected sources.
As always in universal human history and as Euripides, a Greek playwright wrote twenty-five centuries ago, “ the expected does not come and for the unexpected a god opens the door.”
As the perfect conciliation between science and religion cannot be found, that door will have to be something never seen before or perhaps something very simple and age-old perfect.